The Jharkhand government on Tuesday announced a hike in dearness allowance (DA) for its employees. With this, the new DA rate will be 28 per cent, up from 17 per cent. The increase in DA will be applicable from July 1.
The decision was taken in the meeting of the state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren. The Centre on July 14 had announced to increased the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) for central employees after a gap of one-and-half years from 17 per cent to 28 per cent, benefiting nearly 1.14 crore employees and pensioners.
"Approval has been given to increase dearness allowance rates from 17 per cent to 28 per cent to the state government employees with effect from 1st July, 2021 in the revised pay scale (7th central pay scale) with effect from January 1, 2016," a state government spokesperson said addressing the media after the cabinet meeting.
Consent has also been given to increase the rates of dearness relief to the pensioners/family pensioners of the state government with effect from 1st July 2021, the official said.
The Rajasthan government on July 14 had decided to increase the dearness allowance of state government employees and pensioners from 17 per cent to 28 per cent.
Haryana government on July 24 had announced to increase the rate of dearness allowance from 17 per cent to 28 per cent.
The Karnataka government on July 26 had ordered releasing additional instalments of dearness allowance, revising it rom the existing 11.25 per cent to 21.5 per cent for the period January 2020 to June 2021, which it had frozen in view of the crisis arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier, the Union government on July 14 had increased the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) after a gap of one-and-half years from 17 per cent to 28 per cent, benefiting nearly 1.14 crore employees and pensioners.
The new rates of DA and DR, which will impose an annual burden of Rs 34,401 crore on the central exchequer, will come into effect from July 2021, Union Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Singh Thakur had said.
(With PTI Inputs)